This Week At The Classical Station

Sunday, March 15, 2020

This week on Preview! violinist Leonidas Kavakos brings his artistic skill to bear on a Beethoven masterpiece. Dan McHugh speaks with cellist Juliana Soltis about Going Off Script, her new recording of the Bach Cello Suites with Baroque ornamentation. Pianist Stephen Hough plays Brahms. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

Preview! – the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Juliana Soltis/Teresa Tam Studio

This week on WAVELengths we continue to feature female composers in honor of Women’s History Month. We’ll hear music by an Icelandic composer born in 1980, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, along with works by British composers Judith Weir and Anna Clyne. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

WAVElengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir/Iceland Symphony

This week Great Sacred Music includes music heard in the movies sung by the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, The Tallis Scholars, and Boston Baroque. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Greene, and Josef Haydn. What’s Playing has a detailed playlust.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music for your Sunday morning. Right after Sing For Joy. 8 a.m. Eastern. With Rob Kennedy.

Stained glass window, All Saints Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California

On March 15 we observe the birthday of Austrian composer Eduard Strauss (1835-1916). Part of the Strauss dynasty, he and his brothers Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss composed much light music to entertain the good people of Vienna.


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Music used in and/or written for films is what we have programmed for your listening enjoyment this weekend. Don’t forget to request your favorite piece from the movies on the Saturday Evening Request Program.  Click Music Request and let us know what you want us to play. Short works? Yes. Long works? Yes. You are the Music Director for Saturday evening. The program usually is over-subscribed by 2 p.m. on Saturday, so get your request in as soon as you can.

If you prefer, call 919-556-0123 anytime after 6 a.m. Eastern and tell the announcer what you would like to hear. Then, after 6 p.m., check What’s Playing to see when your request will be played.

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Der Fliegende Hollönder, The Flying Dutchman, Richard Wagner’s spellbinding tale of a legendary curse and a love that transcends death. Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin stars in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open seas for eternity. German soprano Anja Kampe makes her network broadcast debut as Senta, the woman who resolves to save his soul. The cast also features Franz-Josef Selig as Senta’s father Daland, Sergey Skorokhodov as her suitor Erik, David Portillo as the Steersman, and Mihoko Fujimura as Senta’s nursemaid Mary. Valery Gergiev conducts this first masterpiece by the young Wagner. The opera was recorded on March 10 and is being performed in a new Met production directed by François Girard.

Der Fliegende Hollönder will be heard on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, March 14. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, online or on our apps. Tell your smart speaker to “play the Classical Station.”

Evgeny Nikitin as the Dutchman in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

On March 14 we observe the birthdays of German composer Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), and Austrian composer Johann Strauss (1804-1849). A prolific composer, Herr Telemann was a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach and godfather to his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel. Besides composing waltzes and popularizing that genre, Herr Strauss is well-known for another piece, namely, the Radetzky March.

Photos: Ms. Graves/Devon Cass;

Friday, March 13, 2020

Episode 8 of Cadenza is out. Cadenza is our fast-paced, classical news magazine offering classical music news and conversations with composers and performers, as well as excursions into the music you love. In this edition of Cadenza, Nan Pincus reports on the première of Switched On Bach. Rob Kennedy speaks with thereminist Carolina Eyck. Dr. Haydn Jones profiles composer Bernard Herrmann. Nick Robinson takes us on another tour of his Gallery of Sounds. Composer Ilan Eshkeri talks about his score for the film The White Crow. All the episodes of Cadenza are also available on our apps and your favorite podcast platform.

On March 13 we observe the birthday of English composer Helen Glatz (1908-1996). Ms. Glatz was a student of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music where her classmates were Benjamin Britten, Imogen Holst, and Elizabeth Lutyens, among others.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

This evening the WCPE Opera House presents Marc Blitzstein’s Regina. An adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play The Little Foxes, it’s a tale of a dysfunctional Alabama family at the beginning of the twentieth-century, pitting a declining Southern aristocracy against nascent middle class industrial capitalism. Blitzstein’s musical world incorporates spirituals, Victorian parlor music, Ragtime dance, verismo arias, and a large symphonic score. Regina premiered at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City on October 31, 1949. In 1953, City Center Opera produced a version of Regina with greatly expanded orchestration, giving it a more operatic sound. Regina was produced in Glasgow by Scottish Opera in 1991, and the New York City Opera revived it in 1992. In 2008 Long Leaf Opera produced Regina in Chapel Hill.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

Photo: Marc Blitzstein by Alfredo Valente in Stage magazine, February 1938 on

On March 12 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Arne (1710-1778) and French composer Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911). Thomas Arne is best known for Rule Britannia! and God Save The Queen. Monsieur Guilmant was Organiste Titulaire de l’Église de la Trinité in Paris from 1871-1901. He also was Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatoire.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Have you discovered our Conversations With Conductors? In these conversations with our staff announcers Rob Kennedy, Bob Chapman, and Dan McHugh, distinguished musicians such as JoAnn Falletta, Karina Canellakis, Sir Stephen Cleobury, Nicholas McGegan, and many more, talk about their early years and education, their art, and much more. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody. Let your family and friends know about these conversations which they can listen to or download anytime. You can also enjoy these conversations on our apps and on your favorite podcast platform.

Join Nick Robinson during As You Like It for a special ticket giveaway. This week we’ll be offering a pair of tickets to to the Dueling Violins concert at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 15th at 3 p.m. and will feature husband and wife violinists, David and Christine Kilbride. Listen between 2 and 3 p.m. today, for a chance to win tickets to this event.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Our Spring 2020 Membership Drive begins on March 20. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are very special listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station which you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Virginia commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match 5 contributions of $10 per month. So, once her angel match is met and 5 new members have become Sustaining Members at $10 per month, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the 5 listeners who have become Sustaining Members at the $10 per month level.

Can you be an Angel during our Spring 2020 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call Jane O’Connor here at the station and let her know that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. You can reach Jane at 800-556-5178 or email her.

If you prefer, you can become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Just be sure mention that you want to be an Angel in the Comments box. Thank you for inspiring other listeners to support The Classical Station. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

On March 10 we observe the birthdays of Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908), American composer Dudley Buck (1839-1909), Swiss composer Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), and English conductor Sir Charles Groves (1915-1992). A virtuoso violinist whose musical prowess astounded audiences of the time, Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués composed music mainly to show off his prodigious technique. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Dudley Buck composed music, wrote several books about music and was an organist. Although born in Switzerland, Monsieur Honegger spent most of his life in Paris, France. Sir Charles Groves spent fifteen years as director of the Royal Liverpool Orchestra.


Monday, March 9, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Hear music of Samuel Barber, Antonín Dvořák, and Richard Wagner in performances led by Marin Alsop, Teddy Abrams, and David Lloyd-Jones. See What’s Playing for details.

You can enjoy the concert beginning at 8 p.m. on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps.


The March edition of Renaissance Fare concentrates on the music of the great kings. Early Music New York, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and other popular groups will play regal music of the Renaissance period. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: SVG

On March 9 we observe the birthdays of two American musicians: composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) and conductor Thomas Schippers. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Samuel Barber attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Maestro Schippers attended the Curtis Institute and the Julliard School. He made his debut as a conductor with the New York City Opera at the age of 21. He was only 47 years old when he died.